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Hemp Hop Rye - O'Fallon Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

306 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 9
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
O'Fallon Brewery visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: birchstick on 03-18-2010

This smooth amber ale uses toasted hemp seed to create a nutty flavor in the finish that compliments the rye and hops (a botanical cousin to hemp). The wide assortment of flavors harmonize, creating a uniquely smooth and flavorful beer!

25 IBU
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Ratings: 306 | Reviews: 126
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Photo of brownbeer
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I would have probably put this in the Rye Beer catagory, but that's just me.

I had this on-tap at twilight grille. Pours a rosey amber color with a thin white head.

Nutty is the first thing I think when I smell it. I also get mildly spicy bready and biscuity malts, hints of pine, and a little vomit. (The last one probably doesn't make much sense, but it does to me.)

Nice flavor, the piney, peppery hops jump out in a prickly way on the tongue, which is nice. It's bready and becomes somewhat chocolaty as it warms. The carbonation is great, it has a lot more body than I expected, also a plus. Plenty of flavor through and through.

Very enjoyable beer. I won't track it down, but I could see this making a solid fall seasonal.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #46 (Nov 2010):

Quite the showing of head retention on a muddled amber brew. Spicy rye and malt sweetness, with some herbal citric aromas from the hemp and hops. Creamy smoothness runs lush in the medium body. The hops play well with their cousin, hemp, with bitter to citric to herbal flavors. Strong enough malt base with a slightly sharp, spicy edge from the rye, which balances and compliments the hemp and hops. Some sweet tobacco--or should we say, tea-like hemp flavor--lingering in the semidry finish. A very drinkable and extreme session ale.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always cool to see a new brew that utilizes hemp! Pours into my glass a really hazy amber/red with a nice inch of eggshell foam on top of the brew. Color hues are cool on this one. Aromas start with bready, caramel malts intertwined with some rye spiciness. Quite a bit of nuttiness as well. Herbal hops sit in the background. Good twist on your standard amber ale.

First sip brings caramel malt upfront with bready accents. Nutty accents along with a spicy rye kick as well. Earthy, herbal accents as it flows down. Finishes with a good hop kick and mellow bitterness.

Mouhtfeel is smooth and somewhat creamy. Good carbonation and body that goes down easily. The rye and hemp add a nice twist here. It's cool to see O'Fallon making a brew like this as I'd love to see more hemp brews. Worth trying.

Photo of Beaver13
2.96/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours a clear reddish amber with a smallish creamy white head that retains fairly well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is bready malts with some melon and a little spice (rye?).

The flavor is sweet malts, some ripe fruits, rye and a decent sized spicy hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and watery with prickly carbonation.

Overall, a decent beer. The flavors just weren't up my alley.

Photo of tigg924
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: light brown in color, 1/4 inch head, cloudy, high carbonation

Smell: big dose of rye and some citrus hops

Taste: caramel, followed shortly by rye, oats, biscuit, and citrus hops--nice and complex.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, medium carbonation, sweet start with a bitter middle spike and a less bitter end.

Drinkability: I really like what I have had from O'Fallon and wish I could get them here. I really like this one. The rye taste is strong and the hemp balances the beer. This almost has the feeling of a roggen beer with more pronounced hops. There is a lot going on to let linger on the tongue. Glad I bought the six.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a heavily clouded amber deep apricot hue with a large yellow tinted off white head. Thin scattered speckled lacing lines the glass. Aroma has a nice spicy bread tone and since I'm not sure what effect hemp seeds have I'm not sure what I'm supposed to detect. A good bit of caramel malts and some herbal background hops. Flavor has a nice rounded balance spicy sweet bready tones a touch of caramel and a dose of finishing herbal hops adds complexity and rounded edges to the party. Carbonation was mellow body was somewhat creamy, a nice drinking rye hemp solidly hopped amber ale. Medium bodied slightly oily but not sticky or cloying for refreshing. Drinkability was effortless interesting different complex, palatable, and extremely easy to put away.

Photo of Brenden
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a good-looking beer, deep clear amber in color with golden edges and an extremely thick off-white head that forms about two fingers high and dissipates to about half a finger the rest of the way. Lacing is light and thin, but the head is a thing of beauty.
This is a bit malt heavy for its name, though it does make for a fair balance. Bready malts with a toasted note, toffee and caramel sweetness, grains, and a gentle spicy rye note that could be stronger, again especially considering the name, balance with an herbal, floral and earthy hops note that has no real hint of citrus and is even just underneath the malt rather than above it.
The flavor is sourdough bread (pretty tasty, actually) with a very earthy and floral hops, even a bit woody. Malts and hops may be over-balanced, as I feel the hops should be bigger in this one. Also, the rye spice and grain flavors are here but could be more straightforward.
The body is medium, there's a reasonably crisp bite at the beginning of each sip, and there's a nice smoothness that makes for easy drinking. Carbonation is light but ample and the finish is dry and lingering.
There's not much detracting from the drinkability other than what I want there to be more of in here.

Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer uses a great mix of rye and hops. It pours golden and hazy, with a finger width head, with no lacings, and decent carbonation. It has rye aroma, with a strong rye taste, with hints of caramel, herbs, and citrus. it is drinkable, no edge, and has rye after taste...

Photo of WoodBrew
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

TGIF...Hemp Hop Rye from O'Fallon is ok. The appearance is a hazy amber with good carbonation....but no head. The aroma consist of subtle hints of sour mash. The body is quite light and the taste is crisp and somewhat refreshing. The rye helps the beer come off the pallete quickly. Not sure what Hemp seeds are supposed to aste like...so not sure if that flavor is in the beer. There certainly is a hop, that provides a slight citrusy taste. After taste has a mild sourness. The mouthfeel is good....not a bad session beer.

Photo of tempest
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It think this beer is too subtle for most tastes, because it's certainly a fine beer. I didn't really like it until it approached room temperature and I imagine it'd be delicious on cask. The bready, spicy rye is very mellow and matches by a smooth grapefruit hop note. I'm not sure where exactly the hemp seeds figure in, but the general character is very earthy. The aroma also has a little extra toffee to it. The hazy dark-orange beer also poured a tall head, but left no lacing, but that's about the only knock against the beer I can find. This is a beer to savor.

Photo of dbossman
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, dark amber with a light tan head; nice bubbles shooting up the side of the glass; lacing is good

S: Spicy grains; definitely rye and very subtle hashy skunk quality; pretty subdued

T: Rye and sweet malty quality up front; a bit of a spicy quality on back end but rather thin; citrusy hop quality does finally appear on back end

F: A little thin but decent overall

D: A pretty good, drinkable beer; a bit thin and subdued but all in all it's a nice beer

Photo of hooliganlife
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour was hazy cloudy orange with hints of light brown and VERY light copper. light fluffy head held around for a bit. light lacing.

light on the nose, my one and only complaint. some dry hopping make help this. light nutty tones and a very light floral hop scent.

a bit complex here, light nutty brown flavors blended with a nice rye bitter bite and a floral and citrus hop flavor. the nutty brown and rye stood out the most. crisp finish.

medium body with a nice crisp carbonation bite. light and easy over all.

this was very enjoyable. a bit vibrant and easy to drink. nice low ABV and great flavor = win!

Photo of russpowell
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chill-hazed amber with a finger of rocky cream colored head. Stays hazed throughout, average lacing & head retention

S: Grassyness, some peppery notes

T: Follows the nose, some caramel & a touch of apricot up front. Spicyness & jammy fruittyness dominate as this warms. Fruitty finish with rye flavor & a touch of dryness

MF: Medium bodied, fairly light carbonation & good balance

Good drinkabilty, nothing too extreme here, but this would work on the lake or at a BBQ. No new ground broken here

Photo of Vonerichs
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange color. It's barely "amber" or "red" at all. Decent head retention.

A rather simple nose to it, grain and brown sugar.

I'm just not digging the grainy malt bill on this. There's a slight brown sugar sweetness and a little bit of herbal hop in it, but overall it's just an average tasting beer.

Body is medium and well carbonated.

Drinkability is good because it's not filling and has a lower abv, but it's just not interesting in the least.

Photo of morimech
2.36/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear amber with a small head that quickly disappeared. Just a thin film is left behind. Just a few specks of lace stick to the glass during consumption.

Not sure what this beer is after smelling it. Very fruity that reminds me of grape juice. I do not get hemp, hops, or rye. Very underwhelming.

Flavor is dominated by the fruitiness. Sweet malt. Tastes like a below average amber ale without all the superlatives in its name. The only interesting thing about the flavor is the slight rye spice but it is not enough to keep me interested.

Nice body and carbonation. Enjoyable texture that would be nice to drink if the flavor delivered.

Wow, was I mislead by the label on the bottle. The beer does not deliver what is advertised. Very disappointed. Is it an old bottle, who knows because there is no date listed, just some batch code.

Photo of DougT
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Clear orange/amber color with fluffy pumpkin colored 2 finger head. Good head retention and decent lacing on the glass.

Caramel, citrus, grain, and malt smells. Somewhat sweet.

Good flavor. Caramel, hops, rye, woody, not too sweet tasting. Very drinkable.

Medium body, a little watery in the aftertaste. Bubbly tingle helps.

Overall a very drinkable, refreshing Amber Ale. I like it.

Photo of GRG1313
2.44/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy carmel color with a short, thin white head.

Super light, almost non-existent malt nose.

Mouthfeel is thin and without character.

Flavor is a relatively non-descript light burnt toast malt/bitter character. Purports to be an amber ale but could be a very light version of just about anything because there is no real character to this one.

Very light coffee bitter finish, again without any real character or assertive flavor.

Photo of alleykatking
2.87/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a amberish orange color. One finger white head shows low retention. Lacing on the sides of the glass falls back into the beer.

S- I get some rye in the front of the aroma. There is a light sweetness from the malt toward the middle with a alomst light wet grain scent. Light citrus hops in the ending along with a whiff of alcohol.

T- The rye hits you upfront but in a gentle way. Nothing to in your face at all. The middle of the beer like in the aroma has a light sweet malt that turns into a wet grain flavor. Faded citrus and piney hops in the ending show up to cloud the grainy flavor. Light alcohol in the overall ending doesn't really do much for me but isn't bothersome.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light rye and wet grain are left on the palate. Aftertaste is alcohol, grain, and hints of hops. Flavors were kind of running amuck and not blended together. No off flavors were present when I had this. Light alcohol drying left on the palate.

O- This beer really didn't do anything for me. I was expecting a little more rye in the front than what I had and there was no hemp flavor at all in this one. The wet grain flavor and aroma became a little too much for me at times. The faded hops suggested this beer might have been a little older than I had hoped but I don't think it could have made too much of a difference.

Photo of akorsak
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle from a74gent. Thanks Steve.

A: The amber is a darker amber than most, a glow that could pass for a barleywine. That fuller color leaves the ale opaque. A finger of eggshell white head, a threat to overflow the glass, leaves a band of lace around, and up to, the mouth of my glass.

S: The nose is malty, a wonderland of cereal grains and bread. The rye isn't as strong as I'd like, in fact there's little indication of rye. Lots of other malts though.

T: Much better than the nose. The body is caramelly and rich, full of darker bread flavors. Caraway and rye flavors don't hide here, adding a rich, spicy flavor that sits nicely atop the caramel biscuit malts. The ale is completely reliant on the malts to carry the flavor. A tall order that works though, resulting in a chewy, full-bodied ale. Just a B rating? Not in my book.

M: The mouthfeel, syrupy and rich as it is, is very nice. I like the darker flavors that the rye lends. The dearth of hops isn't an issue, long live the malts.

D: Approachable, low in alcohol, wickedly good. I wasn't expecting as much as I got out of this amber ale.

Photo of emerge077
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drinking a fresh one, time to re-review.

Murky brown with an orange layer around the edges. Slim head of foam, not much lace or staying power. Unfiltered with visible yeast in suspension.

Bready buttered biscuits, mildly sweet with some rye spiciness.

Gently bitter, tea-like, grassy with some crusty multigrain bread flavors. Smooth and mellow feel, slight astringency but not too distracting. A little buttery, but not a huge diacetyl presence like last time. Pleasant residual hop bitterness. Overall not bad, a bit more noticeable hop and rye character this time around.

08-25-2010 C+ / 3.03
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not sure what to make of this one.
Bottle screened "0440B1P1507" on bottom.

Pours a muddy brown with orange edges, with a slim cap of foam. A delicate crown of lace encircles the glass. Soon enough the head fades into a wispy skim.

Aroma at first was skunky hops, which seem to have blown off, and is now faintly perfumy and floral. Somewhat bready malts sit underneath that, with some cookie sweetness.

Feels a bit slick, mildly sweet and buttery with diacetyl, bready though not all that spicy really. Where's the rye and hops? Low level bitterness, not much hop presence there. Carbonation is barely there, it's undercarbonated and oddly slick. Really not into this one, needs some retooling.

Photo of jsh420
3.37/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours cloudy amber orange with 1 finger head that left no lacing

smells of rye and biscuit malts not many hops for a beer with hop in the name

taste is just like the smell biscuity malts rye spice but you can pickup the hops which give a slight citrus flavor

mouthfeel medium body with plenty of carbonation

drinkabiltiyis ok - i just not much of a fan of ambers

Photo of TSJ4000
2.31/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

When reading the label on this beer I was expecting a really resiny-hopped, rye-spicy, and bong water tangy Amber Ale. This beer had no hoppy deliciousness, no spiciness for the rye, and no real hints of hemp. The only reason I didn't give this beer a 1.0 on taste was because the beer itself is not flawed. It is well-brewed, but just a really funky combo of bland flavors. I'm all for brewing with new things, but only if they taste good and add to the beer. I feel like I was taken by good marketing and duped.

Photo of Beejay
2.68/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Hazy brown orange. A little bit of white head, though it dissipates right away.

S: Not a lot of aroma coming off this guy. Maybe a little bready, maybe. There is a little bit of a weird earthy thing going on..

T: Well this is interesting. Malty, with a hint of spice. There is a very odd flavor in the finish. Slightly earthy, but I can't put my finger on it. Perhaps it is the hemp.

M: Light to medium in body. The carbonation is a little on the high side.

D: Not bad, just not good. Overall it seems fairly forgettable, not malty or hoppy enough to shine through.. Especially for a beer that has 'hop' in it's name. Not something I would pour out, but not something I would buy again.

Photo of wingman14
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a caramel brown with an off white head that fades quickly. The smell is mostly hop, but not overpowering. Has some malt and sweet notes in there as well. The taste starts bitter with the malt and ends with the hops coming through. This is tastes like a hoppy amber, rich flavor with a hop finish. The mouthfeel is ok, somewhat harsh, carbonation detracts from the beer. But overall this beer is enjoyable, nice deep multilayered flavors, worth checking out.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Very cloudy. Red in the center, and fades to a yellowish around the edges. Minimal head, MAYBE half a finger. Looks interesting

Smell is somewhat muted. Theres a bit o hops, but mostly sweet bready malts.

Taste is similar with a bit of that dark bready malts, with a hint of sweetness. Hops are citrusy and come of the finish.

The mouthfeel is a tad syrupy. Would have liked a more solid medium body.

Interesting brew as a whole, I'm not sure where the hemp comes in or what flavors or aromas come from it, but its an overall tasty brew and glad I could try it and would again.

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Hemp Hop Rye from O'Fallon Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.